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Organ donation law in Scotland

The current system

The current legislation for Scotland is to opt in to organ and tissue donation.

You can do this by joining the NHS Organ Donor Register and sharing your decision with your family. You can also record a decision not to be a donor.

Proposed changes

The Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Bill, which includes provision for a 'deemed authorisation system', was published by the Scottish Government in June 2018 for consideration by the Scottish Parliament.

The date for the change to legislation is not known but it is likely to be several years before it is implemented.

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